A couple of federal laws make it illegal to take, steal, intercept, open, damage or destroy someone else’s mail, or impede the delivery of mail.
You could be looking at charges of mail theft or “obstruction of correspondence” if you’re caught doing any of these things.
Is it illegal to throw away someone’s mail?
Throwing away someone else’s mail is a felony — here’s how to get rid of it legally. The letter F. The word “in”. Sick of opening up your mailbox only to find mail for the people who used to live there? Here’s how to stop it – write “Return to Sender” on the mail, or “No longer at this address.”
Can I get in trouble for opening my husband’s mail?
Robert David Richman. Under federal law, delaying the mail is a crime. Nonetheless, as long as you are not stealing his mail or preventing him from getting it, it is unlikely that you will get in trouble for opening it, at least as far as a federal criminal prosecution is
Is it illegal to open someone else’s mail at your address?
The federal statute 18 USC Section 1702 states that it is illegal for individuals to open correspondence that is addressed to other individuals. However, if you accidentally open someone else’s mail, you have not committed a crime.
Is it illegal to open someone else’s mailbox?
Generally, yes, it’s illegal to open someone’s mailbox when your intention is to open or destroy the mail. The only exceptions are when you have the owner’s permission, or you are handling the affairs of a person who died.